Montroy, Boron score game-winners
Amanda Boron and Julie Montroy play on different girls basketball teams in different divisions, but on Thursday they had one thing in common: both scored clutch baskets in the final seconds to win games.
Boron scored the winning basket with seven seconds left as Starpoint edged Springville, 52-50, in ECIC III. The winning shot capped a double-double effort by Boron (20 points, 10 rebounds).
Montroy had just one basket, but it came with three seconds remaining and gave Orchard Park a 40-38 win over Williamsville North in ECIC I. Mandy Sahhar led Orchard Park with 19 points.
Elsewhere, Ellie Allen had 21 points, 11 rebounds and six steals as Sweet Home surprised Lancaster, 44-28. . . . Ashley Dupler grabbed 19 rebounds as undefeated Jamestown outscored Clarence, 18-0, in the third quarter en route to a 44-22 win. . . . Erin Hughes had a career-high 22 points for Holy Angels in a 58-36 win over Cardinal O'Hara. . . . Erin Murphy and Bridgette Burke had 14 points each as league-leader Lockport outlasted Niagara-Wheatfield, 45-41.
Coaches vs. Cancer benefit
Western New York basketball coaches are putting their best foot forward to help fight cancer. Following an example from NCAA coaches, coaches across the state will ditch their dress shoes and wear sneakers for games they coach in between Jan. 8-13.
"It's an awareness thing," said coach Al Monaco of Williamsville South, who is also president of the State Coaches Association. "I think it's a great idea for a great, worthy cause. Ever since [North Carolina State coach] Jim Valvano died, it's been a big thing . . . trying to give something back." Monaco said a jar will be available at each school for donations.
St. Francis Prep hosts hockey event
The St. Francis Prep hockey team is hosting its sixth annual Invitational today-Sunday. Dwyer Arena at Niagara University will host today's games. The event moves to HSBC Arena on Saturday and Sunday.
The field includes nationally recognized prep teams from the Northeast. In today's first round, St. Francis Prep plays Ridley at 3 p.m. Nichols plays Shady Side Academy at 5 p.m. Teams are guaranteed four games each.
Nichols (10-7-2) is led in points and goals by senior forward Joe Livsey. St. Francis Prep senior Vinny Scarsella has signed with Canisius.
Several Section VI indoor track teams hit the road this weekend for the 38th Dartmouth Relays and the Southern Tier Invitational at Cornell (site of state championships). . . . Megan Aurelio rolled a 278 to highlight a 640 series as Lancaster beat West Seneca West, 5-2, in ECIC I girls bowling.